Friday, May 17, 2013

Binocular Snapshot for 05/17/2013


Tensions have been intensifying since Sunnis began protesting what they say is mistreatment at the hands of the Shiite-led government, including random detentions and neglect.

The deadliest blast on Friday struck worshippers as they were leaving the main Sunni mosque in Baqouba, a former Sunni insurgent stronghold 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Another explosion went off shortly afterward as people gathered to help the wounded, leaving at least 41 dead and 56 wounded, according to police and hospital officials.

In Baghdad, a bomb exploded near a shopping center during evening rush hour in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah, killing 21 people and wounding 32. That was followed by another bomb in a commercial district in Dora, another Sunni neighborhood, which killed four people and wounded 22, according to officials.

Sunni Islamist insurgents and al Qaeda's local wing, Islamic State of Iraq, have stepped up attacks since the start of the year to try to provoke a wide-scale sectarian confrontation like the slaughter that killed tens of thousands of Iraqis in 2006-2007.

The Sunni militants accuse Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government of discriminating against their sect, "Small children are burned alive in cars. Worshippers are cut down outside their own mosques. This is beyond unacceptable,"

Fulfilling what the May 15th Prophecy have proclaimed in The Lukewarm, Gullible Sleepwalkers"First here, then there— you flit from one ally to another asking for help, for the Lord has rejected those in whom you confide, and you will not prosper with respect to them." 



"The Russian Defense Ministry started setting up a special force of warships in the Mediterranean in order to protect Russia's interests in the region."

As Israel (lost & found) positions continues to weaken  

Two bombs strike complex housing Afghan elite
The bombs were hidden in a motorcycle and a car and were remotely detonated within minutes of each other while parked next to a restaurant area where families were dining, three police officers were among the dead; an investigation had begun into how the explosives-laden vehicle slipped past the community's heavy security.

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"We're losing the confidence of the women who serve that we can solve this problem," Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said as he returned from NATO meetings in Brussels. "That's a crisis."